WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, were joined by Senators Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating 200 years of official relations between the United States and the Republic of Chile. In addition to applauding Chile’s hemispheric leadership and expressing support for U.S.-Chile collaboration to address modern challenges, the resolution also highlights the shared principles that underpin the U.S.-Chile relationship, including democratic governance, human rights, and the rule of law. The resolution also celebrates the important contributions of Chileans and Chilean Americans to the United States.
“I am proud to be joined by my colleagues in rightfully honoring the enduring partnership that the United States and Chile have shared for the last 200 years,” Chairman Menendez said. “Exemplary in its efforts to champion democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and to advance important developments in science, technology, and environmental sustainability, Chile continues to prove a vital partner as we seek to shepherd the Western Hemisphere toward a more prosperous and secure future. I look forward to working with our colleagues in Chile and with the Chilean American community to build on this strong foundation and strengthen our nations’ ties for generations to come.”
“Chile and the United States have long had an important relationship, forged on our shared democratic values and commitment to human rights and our mutual goals of economic prosperity and security throughout the Americas,” said Senator Kaine, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. “I’m glad to join with my colleagues in celebration of that partnership and look forward to continuing to work together to address our Hemisphere’s—and the world’s—most pressing issues.”
“The longstanding and productive partnership between the United States and Chile, built upon our peoples’ shared pursuit of economic, human, and political freedom, is critical to maintaining security and stability in the region,” said Senator Hagerty. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues in recognizing two centuries of our important relationship.”
Find a copy of the resolution HERE.